External Trainings

Check back here often, as I will be putting information about external trainings up here.

If you know of a training you think other advocates would be interested in, let me know and I will post it here.


Policy and Practice Roundtable – September 21, 9:30am

The topic for September 21 invites a broad conversation about “Notices, adjournments, cancellations and additions to court calendars”. CASA of NJ continues to press for access to eCourts, but as we presently don’t have eCourts access, an exchange of information about how court calendar information is received (or not) may prove helpful. One specific issue concerns “consent hearings”, for which parties are directed to circulate reports in advance of a hearing, negotiate a consent order and potentially avoid the need for (cancel) a hearing. The problem is CASA is sometimes left out of the conversation.

We hope staff and volunteers take advantage of this offering. All are invited.

These Roundtables will be held the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

You are invited to submit topics for discussion, as CASA of NJ hopes these Roundtables provide a forum to discuss high-interest issues, ideas and problems. Please send proposed topics for future Roundtables to Lauren Carlton at lcarlton@casaofnj.org

Click here to register for any of the meetings

Empowering Youth and Family Change Makers – September 29, 9:30am

The Mercer County Division of Mental Health and Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council present “Empowering Youth and Family Change Makers” advocacy training. This online presentation will focus on advocacy and community engagement skills, encouraging participants to become informed, involved and engaged as parent and service provider leaders in the Children’s System of Care.  No registration necessary.

Click here to join the Zoom

CASA of NJ has created CASA College

Below are the subjects, dates and times of the presentations we will be offering. You can register for any of the trainings by clicking the link below:

Click here to register for any of the trainings

October 12th – 10am – 12pm: Teen Suicide Prevention, presented by the Society for Prevention of Teen Suicide

November 2nd – 10am – 12pm: DCP&P  and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives, presented by Florence Racine, DCF Office of Diversity, Equity and Belonging

December 7th – 10am – 12pm: “Feeling Wanted” video and live discussion with Charell Star, former foster youth

January 18th – 10am – 12pm: Substance Abuse and Bias in Treatment, presented by Gloria Seel from Atlanticare

February 1st – 10am – 12pm: Recognizing Complex Family Dynamics, presented by Dr. C. Wayne Jones, The Center for Family Based Training

March 1st – 10am – 12pm: Special Considerations for LGBTQ+ Children and Youth, presented by Chelsea Sutphin, DCF

April 12th – 10am – 12pm: Rethinking Permanency for Teens, presented by Randi Mandelbaum, Rutgers Law

May 3rd – 10am – 12pm: The Impacts of Parental Incarceration, presented by Lauren Carlton, CASA of NJ

June 7th – 10am – 12pm: Community Resources Throughout New Jersey (free and low-cost activities and opportunities by county)

Human Trafficking Training Webinars – multiple dates:

Wilmington University is offering a variety of webinars on Human Trafficking the last Tuesday of every month.

Click the link to see the various webinars and to register

Wilmington University webinars

NJ Division on Civil Rights Trainings

DCR Anti-Discrimination Trainings

The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) offers trainings aimed at preventing and addressing discrimination through its Education and Training Unit. These interactive sessions educate participants about their rights and responsibilities under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the New Jersey Family Leave Act, the Fair Chance in Housing Act as well as raise awareness about current anti-bias issues.

All trainings are currently being offered for FREE to the public.

Click here to see the different trainings

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING – multiple training dates:

“A Partnership for Change” is offering 4 sessions of training (virtual): 2 each of “Domestic Violence 101” and “Effects of Domestic Violence on Children” to staff and CASA volunteers.
  • Domestic Violence 101: Discussion of the types of abuse; warning signs of abuse; restraining orders; VCCO (Victims of Crime Compensation Office) benefits, resources, and safety plans.
  • Effects of DV on Children: Discussion of the emotional and behavioral impact on children; techniques in talking to children exposed to domestic violence at home; and local resources for referral/support.
  • Webinars will be held on the following dates/times:

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 2:00PM – 4:00PM: Domestic Violence 101

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Email: SOS@APartnershipForChange.org to register

CASA NJ is offering Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) training monthly.

These trainings are being offered through CASA NJ with experienced ACEs trainers throughout our network.

Here are the dates and the registration link . These will all be 2 hour virtual trainings.

Click here to register for any of the dates

October 4th – 12pm – 2pm

November 8th – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

December 6th – 12pm – 2pm

January 2nd – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

February 7th – 12pm – 2pm

March 7th – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

April 4th – 12pm – 2pm

May 2nd – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

June 6th – 12pm – 2pm

CASA NJ is presenting the History of Race In Child Welfare training monthly:

We are excited to continue to provide the History of Race in Child Welfare (HRCW) Training by Dr. Spigner to all active volunteers across the network. The CASA network HRCW Training Work Group is hosting 2 sessions in August: 8/25 and 8/26, both from 10am to noon. All active volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend a HRCW training. Registration is on a first come-first serve basis, so we recommend that volunteers sign up ASAP for their desired session.

 A flyer with August dates is below for your convenience. All sessions take place via Zoom video, and trainees will receive the link to join prior to the start of their session.

Training Flyer

Click here to register

Check out this Webinar on Advancing Equity with the Family First Act presented by the Annie E Casey Foundation

The 60-minute session, hosted by the Annie E. Casey and William T. Grant foundations, includes discussion about:

  • How to ensure that all children and families can benefit from Family First program selections, despite a dearth of evidence-based programs focused on families of color.
  • Ways state and local agencies have engaged families and communities in designing a continuum of care that addresses the needs of young people of color and LGBTQ youth.
  • How to cultivate community support for programs that prevent the need for foster care or help kids grow up in families while in foster care.

Click here to access the webinar